Food News

06/10/2013

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By now you have heard about the Monsanto Boycott.  If you haven't now is the time to educate yourself, because regardless of whether you believe Genetically Modified Foods are harmful or not, it's frightening that major food corporations can put dangerous substances into their products and not be required to label them.  The patenting of seeds and attacks on small farmers are equally disturbing.  If you are already on the anti-Monsanto bandwagon, you should check out the Buycott app that will help you determine which products to avoid.

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It's summer and that means it is farmer's market time, the time when we can get local produce and homemade food stuffs every weekend.  To find the closest farmer's market to you check out the Denver Farmer's Market website or the Colorado Fresh Market website.

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And in that's disgusting news, here is a list of things I would never eat and am getting slightly nauseous just looking at the pictures.  It would be nice if instead of gimmicks, restaurants would try to serve actual food...

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Have you been to Punch Bowl Social?  Have you gotten drunk there and found a pleasant hookup or are you a local disgusted by the hideous LoDo influence in our hipster neighborhood?  Here's the Denver Post's discussion and Westword's review.  I like the fact that it is bringing so many jobs and consumers to Baker, however it has the worst meat-market frat party vibe.  I tried to give it a chance, but ultimately the food sucked and for me that is the trump card.  We didn't review it on the site because we don't waste our time on negative reviews, only mentioning it now more for the neighborhood controversy than the actual eats.

 
 
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Denver Restaurant Week starts this Saturday!  If you don't have your reservations go get some!  $52.80 for a fine dining experience for two!  The selection isn't as good as last year but the list of participating restaurants still has some amazing gems...

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It's Fat Tuesday and besides public indecency and excessive drinking, it is time for King Cake!  I like my King Cake unfilled and basic.  Here is a nice recipe for King Cake and some other Mardi Gras favorites if you want to go it on your own.  Or if you are lazy like me the Colorado King Sooper's makes a surprisingly cheap and tasty King Cake.

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Tomorrow is National Margarita Day and Westword is holding a contest to win $100 of free tacos and margaritas from Pica's Mexican Taqueria in Boulder.  Or follow these instructions from the folks at Taste Terminal to make your own Margaritas.

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Scientists are now making hamburger in a lab and it is all over the news.  Would you eat it?  I'd like to see the blind taste test between clinically produced moo-cow and the regular ole supermarket kind.  It makes me squeamish on principal, but in actuality it could provide a lot of environmental benefits.

 
 
Here are some of the food stories buzzing around Denver and the world this week.
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Everyone weighs in on Paula Deen.  Is she a hypocritical pusher of sugary death or is the world victim blaming someone for a disease with complicated origins?

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Mix your dinner and a show as Two Things You Don't Talk About At Dinner opens at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.  Love it when food and theater collide.


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Now that the Superbowl match up is set the ubiquitous articles about what cheesy pork based snacks and brewskies you should serve at your football watching party are popping up all over the Internet.  For a nice pairing of wine and gridiron legends read this article about Mike Ditka and some other surprising oenophiles.

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Trader Joe's is coming to Colorado!  Squeeeeee!  I am looking forward to champagne grapes, store bought mochi, and the best microwave Masala!   

The Today Show presents some tasty food to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
 
 
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We had a great time hitting up the Cherry Creek Farmers Market this weekend!  If you don't support a local farmers market your mouth is missing out!  You can find listings here, here, and here. This Saturday we got fresh smoothies, a kickin' southwest dip mix,  hand packed bavarian sausage, homemade spaetzle, and had lunch (okay for us it was breakfast) at one of the denver food trucks.  There are so many great booths to help you fill your face right then or to enhance your culinary endeavors later.  Next time we are thinking about buying the sweet potato pappardelle and some homemade honey yogurt.   And for you healthy types there is of course the abundance of locally grown produce!  The Cherry Creek Farmers Market is open Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm through October and Wednesdays 9 am - 1 pm through September.  What will you find to inspire your tastebuds? 

 
 
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    I might be the last person on the planet to diet.  I hate the idea of hating on your own body!   However, I can no longer rely on youth and activity alone to keep me healthy.  I want to take care of my body and given my disdain for cooked vegetables (okay, most vegetables at all) that makes eating properly a huge challenge.  I decided to try and improve what I put in my mouth by tracking it and low and behold the olden days of writing stuff down are long gone.  I searched for calorie/nutritional Apps and I settled upon one that has quickly become my new food buddy.  My Fitness Pal has helped me see the true nutritional value or more often the lack there of, of my favorite foods.  This nifty App lets you track everything you eat and displays the caloric intake, vitamins, sodium, sugars, fat, protein, etc... It lets you choose what factors you want to track and set your own goals.  It also lets you factor in your exercise and keeps your weight and/or size measurements.
     I was using this App for about a week when I overheard someone start talking about it at work.  Before I knew a bunch of people chimed in that they used the App too and we had a huge conversation going about My Fitness Pal. The general consensus was that people found it easy to use, it had a huge database of restaurant items, and tracked all sorts of metrics.  The dislikes were mostly that homemade meals often had to be entered one item and a time, but after wards you could save the combination as a "meal" for next time.
     Personally, I found that using the My Fitness Pal for a week showed that I pretty consistently eat much less than my 2000 calorie recommended diet... And now for the bad news, I eat waaaaay to much sugar and don't get nearly enough Iron or Calcium.  Now, just looking at the numbers reminds me to have a glass of milk, eat some carrots or peel a banana once in awhile.  Whatever your fitness goals I'm willing to wager that this App will help you track and achieve them.  And of course it's also available on the regular ol' Internet for those of you sans smartphones, as well as facebook, twitter and all the rest.  

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The time is set, the menus are posted!  Get ready to eat your way through the city February 26 - March 11.  If you have never participated in Denver Restaurant Week, now is the time to start!  You can try a multicourse meal and a variety of high end restaurants  for the price of $52.80 per couple or $26.40 per solo diner.  Check out the list of participating restaurants and other details here!

 
 
Just saw this article about an "outed" food critic in Los Angeles?  While I can't comment on the nastiness of her reviews, I think it is a kind of harsh to ban her from restaurants simply for being a critic...


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